Brothers in Arms charted at number one worldwide, spending ten weeks at number one on the UK Album Chart, nine weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and thirty-four weeks at number one on the Australian Album Chart. The album is the seventh best selling albums in UK chart history, and is certified nine times platinum in the United States. It is one of the worlds best selling albums having sold 30 million copies worldwide. It is also notable for being the first major album to have a significant proportion of CD sales, paving the way for that medium as a mainstream format for music. Brothers in Arms was the first album to sell one million copies in the CD format and to outsell its LP version.

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